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Beyond Caring : Hospitals, Nurses, and the Social Organization of Ethics

Beyond Caring : Hospitals, Nurses, and the Social Organization of Ethics - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226101026

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ISBN13: 978-0226101026
ISBN10: 0226101029
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Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1996
International: No

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Beyond Caring : Hospitals, Nurses, and the Social Organization of Ethics - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226101026

Daniel F. Chambliss

ISBN13: 978-0226101026
ISBN10: 0226101029
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

Vividly documenting the real world of the contemporary hospital, its nurses, and their moral and ethical crises, Dan Chambliss offers a sobering revelation of the forces shaping moral decisions in our hospitals.

Based on more than ten years' field research, Beyond Caring is filled with eyewitness accounts and personal stories demonstrating how nurses turn the awesome into the routine. It shows how patients, many weak and helpless, too often become objects of the bureaucratic machinery of the health care system and how ethics decisions, once the dilemmas of troubled individuals, become the setting for political turf battles between occupational interest groups. The result is a compelling combination of realism and a powerful theoretical argument about moral life in large organizations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Nursing and Ethics in an Age of Organizations


1: The Routinization of Disaster
2: Protecting the Routine from Chaos
3: What It Means to Be a Nurse
4: How the Organization Creates Ethical Problems
5: The Patient as Object
6: Death as an Organizational Act
Conclusion


Appendix on Methods
Index
Subjects:
Medical Science
Sociology: General Sociology